On July 6, 2023, the Office of the City Mayor – Peace 911 sent a letter to TESDA XI Regional Director Ashary A. Banto, with a copy forwarded to Provincial Director of TESDA Davao City District Office Adonis F. Culas. The letter requested the organization of a training program titled “Training for Economic Development: Livelihood Program” for the Indigenous People residing in the Paquibato and Calinan Districts. Recognizing the importance of this initiative, the letter was subsequently received by RTC-KPVTC Davao Center Administrator Engr. Constantino B. Panes Jr. for the necessary arrangements and preparations to grant the training request.
On July 11, 2023, representatives from key organizations gathered at the Regional Training Center – Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center (RTC-KPVTC) Davao in response to a request from the City Mayor’s Office – Peace 911. The focus of the meeting was to discuss an upcoming training program aimed at fostering economic development and livelihood opportunities for the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) residing in the Paquibato and Calinan Districts. With a strong commitment to empowering IP communities and fostering sustainable economic growth, the City Mayor’s Office-Peace 911 took the lead in organizing the training.
The meeting witnessed the participation of various stakeholders, including members of the Revitalized-Pulis sa Barangay (R-PSB) from the Paquibato District, local leaders Jay Gonzaga and Dave Ali Baron, community advocates Cyrel Jay Cubillo and IP Women President Ms. Layline B. Enlog. Notably, Jea May E. Bayon, an IP woman actively involved in community development, was also present. Adding their expertise to the discussions were the Regional Training Center’s Supervising TESD Specialist Mr. Gil D. Gonzales, Training Department Head Mr. Mario M. Dela Cerna, and Trainer Ms. Glemarie Datulayta
During the meeting, participants delved into the details of the upcoming program titled “Training for Economic Development: Livelihood Program.” Acknowledging the significance of economic empowerment for Indigenous Peoples, the City Mayor’s Office-Peace 911 spearheaded the initiative to equip IP members with the necessary skills and knowledge to establish sustainable livelihood programs within their respective communities.
Engaging discussions ensued as participants deliberated on the program’s objectives, curriculum, and implementation strategies. R-PSB representatives shed light on the specific needs and challenges faced by the IP communities in the Paquibato District, emphasizing the importance of tailoring the training to address their unique cultural and socioeconomic context. IP Women President Ms. Layline B. Enlog voiced her support for the program, highlighting the importance of gender-inclusive initiatives and empowering IP women in community development and economic sustainability.
The coordination meeting concluded on a positive note, with participants displaying unwavering dedication to the success of the training program. By combining the efforts of the City Mayor’s Office-Peace 911, RTC-KPVTC Davao, and the committed individuals in attendance, they aim to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of Indigenous Peoples in the Paquibato and Calinan Districts. Through empowering IP communities, creating enhanced economic opportunities, and preserving cultural heritage, their collective vision strives to pave the way for a brighter future for generations to come